| Nebraska State Highpoint
Panorama Point (5,424')
We did this back in November, and didn't think at the time that anyone would really be interested in a trip report, but due to current mountain conditions I thought it might be a good idea to offer up a safe alternative for those looking to put another checkmark on their list over the next few weeks.
This day was like that – too much snow – so we decided to knock off another state high point. We each had only two under our belts – both of us had done Elbert and I had Mauna Kea, Susan had Rainer – so there were a lot left.
For training, we started walking to the mailbox each day, then hiked one block, then two… and so on. After a couple of weeks we thought we were ready to tackle the highpoint of Nebraska located approximately 15 miles south and east of Pine Bluffs, WY.
To get there we drove through the small town of Pine Bluffs and headed south on RD 164 to RD 203, then east on RD 203 to RD 6 where we continued to go east to RD 5 where a sign pointed south and noted "Nebraska Highpoint – 2 miles."
We must be on the right track….
Heading south on RD 5 for two miles we finally arrived near the Nebraska Highpoint although we had to stop briefly to pay the $3.00 entrance fee before entering.
This must be it!!
Before coming here we thought about hiking up the road to the actual highpoint since driving to a highpoint - even if it is a drive-up - just seemed wrong to me. However there was a sign posted: "Warning Bison Area NO HIKING NO BIKING" - well there went that idea.
Thee warning sign…
I considered disobeying the sign, however I do remember bison can actually run pretty quickly for their size so we just motored on up to the highpoint while dodging some small rocks in the road and narrowly avoiding all the bison biscuits. Those things are everywhere!
Me on the summit of Panorama Point, okay so I am a little overdressed, but hey you could never be over prepared… or can you?
Next I belayed Susan to the summit. She was dressed more appropriately for Nebraska – barefoot and in coveralls. Watch your step Susan – those aren't Ring Dings!
After enjoying the views of the plains and signing the register we felt it was time to return back to the good old Rocky Mountains. On the way home we stopped in Denver to check out the new Denver Contemporary Art Museum, and then walked over to The Tattered Cover in LoDo. In the Mountaineering Section, Susan found a little CMC book named Colorado Roadless Trails; on page 64 there was the nice write-up that Susan did on Blodgett Peak – along with my photos, way cool!! Seeing that in the bookstore was the highlight of the trip, now if she would just sign my copy…
All silliness aside – if you're looking for a safe outing in these days of considerable avalanche danger, consider expanding your list. We've been able to hit a number of lower peaks this season, and I believe the mighty Black Mesa – high point of Oklahoma – is calling our names this weekend! Like Susan always says: "it's on the Lists of John – it counts!"
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